Earlier today, we sat down with Gameloft’s Carmen Pearson to check out three of the publisher’s upcoming iPhone titles. We’ve been sworn to secrecy on two of the games, but we got the OK to write about the third–Ferrari GT Evolution. This realistic racing game’s coming out in about three weeks, plus or minus, and it’s going to make a lot of driving game enthusiasts very happy.
Ferrari GT Evolution is built on an upgraded version of the Asphalt 4 engine. For instance, the menu screens are laid out in a similar fashion, but they’ve been re-skinned to match Ferrari’s red, silver and black theme.
The in-game graphics, meanwhile, have been upgraded to match the luxurious racecar brand at the center of the product. The background graphics are noticeably sharper; we tried driving an Enzo through Paris in the fall, and could make out individual leaves on the trees bordering the street. The engine’s visual effects have received an upgrade, too. Lens flare is more pronounced than it was in Asphalt 4, and driving through a rainstorm will streak the screen with detailed raindrops.
The gameplay has been pushed away from the arcade extremes of Asphalt 4 to focus more on realistic driving physics and car tuning. You can still choose to steer with touchscreen, faux steering wheel, or tilt controls, but the feel of the game is much less cartoony, and crashing into other cars is no longer a major emphasis. To underscore the racing sim angle, Gameloft’s even included a full race replay feature, in the vein of serious console racers like Gran Turismo series. Ferrari GT Evolution also takes a page from Raging Thunder’s book with the inclusion of online multiplayer.
We don’t have any screens or video to post yet, but we’ll post them as soon as we get them. In the meantime, here’s the product details straight from the publisher:
*Brings the unique experience of owning and racing Ferrari GT cars to the iPhone in this realistic racing simulation game. Players can drive up to 33 variations of authentic Ferrari models that include: Enzo, Testarossa, F40, F430, 250 GTO and more! The game features 10 different cities to race in based on difficulty level and can be unlocked as players progress in the game.
*The racing title takes full advantage of the iPhone’s gaming capabilities and allows you to drive your Ferrari using three different types of controls ï¿½” Touch, Accelerometer and Virtual Wheel.
*Unlike other racing titles, the unique aspect about Ferrari GT Evolution is that you can modify the sensitivity of the controls based on your playing preference. This allows players to have more control of the car and enable them to truly feel like they are racing.
*It also immerses players completely into the Ferrari brand by allowing them to customize and tune each Ferrari model to the specifications they like before races (such as turning on/off the Anti-lock Braking System, Adaptive Steering, Electronic Stability Program, etc.)
*You can also select to play against other friends or competitors with the online or local multi-player modes. At the end of each race, players can watch high quality TV-like replays to see how well they performed.
*Ferrari GT Evolution will be available around December 8 on the App Store for $9.99.